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The mission of the organisation is to promote, encourage and foster the arts and cultural activities in Gibraltar and to export our culture abroad.

The Arts Society of Gibraltar 2021-22 season Review

We have had a really good season, after the disappointing previous year when we were all locked up!
 
Last October the committee made a decision not to use any more zoom but to return to our usual live meetings.
It was the right choice with members and visitors attending in record numbers. Enjoying the social side of our society as well of the benefits of gaining more knowledge.
 
We have had some excellent speakers this year, some that have been awarded our highest accolade of Outstanding!
Thanks go to our program secretary Elenor Turpin for her marvelous selection and planning.Thank you also the rest of the committee for their conscientious commitment towards making our Society the smooth running and fun organisation it is.
 
On April 20th we joined forces with our sponsors Sovereign to produce a fabulous evening with a presentation of the Sovereign Art Foundation followed by wine tasting from Howard’s Folley and finally the famous Marc Allum letting us into the secrets behind the stage of The Antique Road Show.
 
Now we have had our final lecture of this season, I must thank as always The Garrison Library for the use of their exceptional setting and our sponsors to whom we are so indebted.
 
We look forward to a wonderful new season full of interesting lectures and the opportunity of a chance to travel to Morocco on a sensational 5 day tour.
YIA
Jane HartSimmons
Chairman
Gibraltar Arts Society

The Arts Society Directory Day 2022

Program secretary Eleonor Turpin and Chairman Jane HartSimmons have just arrived back from London after choosing the lecturers for the year 2023/24!
Seems incredible but we work this much in advance bringing you the very best that is on offer from The Art Society accredited lecturers.
It takes a whole day as we make a choice from 100 lecturers partaking that day to 8
We hope we are bringing some exciting topics to you.
 
October 2023 – Tyler Butterworth – his father is Peter Butterworth and his mother, Janet Brown, who will give us a talk on their lives or how and actor prepares.  I think de la Frontera will take one and our society the other so our members get the best of both.
 
November 2023 – Tobias Capwell – he will give us a talk on finding the location of Richard III resting place in the car park in Leicester along with lots of other stories as he was there.
 
December 2023 – Howard Smith – for this one we thought we would go cruising, so a talk on the Golden Ear of Transatlantic Liners
 
January 2024 – we have Steven King who will give us a talk on the Music of the 60s.
 
February 2024 – we welcome back Viv Lawes who will talk to us about Art and NFTs – non-fungible tokens and their place in the art world.
 
March 2024 – Roger Mendham will give us a talk on The Art of the Automobile.  Andrea and I thought we could combine this with a visit to the Motor Museum in Malaga.
 
We haven’t decided on April or May as there were so many good choices we felt we had to step back a bit and talk about the lecturers and their lectures some more before booking them all.
 
Anyway I hope you find it a varied programme

The Methodist Church Hall London, waiting for the lecturers to take their place to sell their wares to the various Art Societies in England and throughout Europe 

Program secretary Eleonor Turpin and Chairman Jane HartSimmons with CEO of The Art Society Florian Schweizer 

Five Day Tour of Morocco 2022. Now back on. New dates 21st - 25th September 2022

Visiting Chefchaouen, the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the Imperial cities of Meknes and Fez and the international city of Tangier.

Day 1

Embark on the 9.00am fast Ferry from Algeciras to Tangier Med, where our Guide and transport will be waiting for us to whisk us through the Rif Mountains to the spectacular town of Chefchaouen. Known as the Blue village and probably the most picturesque in all of Morocco

En route, overlooking an azure lake/reservoir we take a  20 minute comfort stop. Continue the short drive arriving in Chefchaouen we drive to the topmost part of the town where the local women wash their clothes and carpets in the fast flowing stream, the pure mountain water cascading down feeds the town with all their requirements for drinking and washing. Take a leisurely stroll down through small streets and alleyways crammed with tiny shops filled with local artesian works, heading on down to the main square which is the centre of the town. On one side of the square is the fourteenth century Kasbah and mosque rising above all the other buildings in the town.

On the other three sides are small restaurants and cafes where the owners or assistants invite you in to taste their freshly cooked food, washed down with an iced drink.

After lunch we leave for the next phase of our journey, driving south through fertile plains to the ruins of Volubilis once the capital of Roman Mauritania. The site is Morocco’s answer to Pompei, it is the finest architectural Roman site in all of Morocco and equals any of the more famous Roman North African ruins that can be seen in Tunisia, Algeria or Lydia. Stroll round the well preserved basilica, columns of a Capitoline temple and a series of mosaic floored villas and streets once filled with shops and villas now deserted lying dormant for almost two thousand years. The last leg of our journey takes us to the imperial city of Fez where we spend the next two nights. Dinner in the hotel.

Day two

Today, after breakfast we start with a panoramic tour of this amazing Medieval Islamic City with our local guide. It was founded in the 9th Century as the capital of the first Muslim Kingdom of Morocco. Fez grew in wealth and remained the religious and cultural centre of Morocco. Our tour will start at the Royal Palace, the ancient Synagogue that was founded after the Jews left Spain at the time of the Inquisition in the fifteenth century. Walk around some of the 964 alleyways where you can buy anything from an apple to a camel, an ashtray to a canteen of silver cutlery. The university is the oldest in the world, dating from AD 850. It’s origins lie in the teaching of the Koran just as Christian universities coalesced out of Monastery and Cathedral schools in Western Europe. We visit a Medersas (an Islamic school) which is open to non-Muslims. Mosques and other religious buildings remain inaccessible to Infidels (non believers ) in Morocco. After lunch we visit The Tanneries that are worked by master specialists and apprentices in Co-operative guilds. The smell is overwhelming, but a sprig of fresh mint is offered to everyone on entry (so take advantage of their gift). A glass of wine will be most welcome on your return to the hotel before dinner and overnight.

Day three

We leave Fez after breakfast and in less than one hour driving through the rich agricultural region, where olives, grain and grapes are grown by the predominantly Berber farmers, we reach the imperial city of Meknes. It was once the capital of 16th century Morocco, ruled over by the despotic Sultan Moulay Ismail. The Medina surrounded by over 25 Kms of massive turreted walls contains the Royal Palace, the Royal stables, the underground Slave pens and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. There will be time to drink a cup of coffee or mint tea overlooking the bustling main square and the Bab Mansour ( the main gate to the Imperial City) before we head back to the International city of Tangier and our hotel. Dinner will be at the historic Hotel Continental overlooking the Port where the Duke and Duchess of Windsor stayed in the 1930s. 

Day four

After a leisurely breakfast we leave for a full days excursion of Tangier, starting with Cap Spartel (which is the most northerly point of Africa) situated only 5 Kms from the centre of Tangier. It is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, then on to the caves of Hercules. Returning to Tangier we start in the Kasbah and walk in the footsteps of Matisse, Gertrude Stein, Barbara Hutton, Malcolm Forbes and many other expatriates who lived in this vibrant international city.

Tangier was divided up into different countries quarters, for example there were the English, French, Italian, American and Spanish areas, all with slightly different architecture.

Lunch is in the restaurant Hamidi (Alcohol is served) and be entertained with in-house musicians and if lucky a belly dancer. The afternoon is free for you to wander around or have a hammam and perhaps a massage. Meet in the bar before your last dinner in Morocco in the hotel.

Day five

We leave Tangier after breakfast for the 45 min journey to the coastal town of Asilah which was founded over 2,800 years ago by the Phoenicians, but today it is known by tourists for its fine sandy beaches and fishing industry. Take a stroll around the battlements, built by the Portuguese over 600 years ago. Please have your cameras/iPads/iPhones ready as around every corner there will be a photo opportunity waiting for you. Asilah has been the backdrop for many movies over the last few years. We have lunch in Restaurant La Place which is only a few metres away from the harbour guaranteeing the freshest of fish. (I recommend their baby sole ). After lunch we drive straight back to the port of Tangier Med for the return fast ferry (hydrofoil) to Algeciras.